Few days after reggae star, Victor Eshiet, was reportedly arrested in Akwa Ibom State and brought to Lagos by policemen believed to be operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, the musician has said that he was kidnapped, and not arrested.
The musician noted this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday.
He linked his recent encounter with the law enforcement agents to a previous incident that occurred in Lagos on November 29, 2014, in which he was forcefully taken away by the same policemen from the venue of a musical event that was holding at the National Stadium complex in Surulere, Lagos.
Eshiet said, “I was attacked, seriously brutalised and hospitalised for months. However, I had to follow due process by seeking redress in the court of law against all the parties involved as it is done in America, where I reside and other countries in the western world. We have been attending court sessions without any of the respondents showing up in court.”
He continued, “The Police, acting on instruction from a certain Assistant Inspector General, were planning to get me kidnapped because I sought redress in court against them and the individual whom they collaborated with to infringe on my fundamental human right. This, they achieved on Saturday morning at about 2:30 am. They came in a convoy, numbering 15 with masks on their faces. Armed to the teeth, they forcefully took me away in the presence of my friends and relatives who were with me.”